Essentials of Costa Rica - San Jose - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Choose from a 9, 11 or 13-night tour through Costa Rica's highlights, taking in tropical rainforest, soaring volcanoes and sun-drenched beaches.
  • Costa Rica is a naturalist’s paradise, with a spectacular range of flora and fauna, unlike anywhere else in the world.
  • Choose from Standard or Superior Rooms throughout, to suit your budget!

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Your Destination

As the eco-and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica is a magnet for nature enthusiasts, thrill seekers and those who want to step off the beaten track. La pura vida (the pure life) is the unofficial motto of the country, and it's easy to see why - emerald rainforests, pastel-coloured hummingbirds, smouldering volcanic peaks and tumbling rivers - this verdant chunk is one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet!

The country's national parks are its greatest glory, with one-third of the country set aside as protected natural areas. As well as being a world leader in eco-tourism, Costa Rica superbly caters for visitors looking for an adrenalin kick, with options including whitewater rafting, zip line tours through the rainforest canopy, surfing and quad biking.

This complete tour will give you the full experience, from the quaint beauty of its capital city, the lush depths of its green forests, the protected eco-reserves and the wild vistas of its Pacific coast.

It is quickly becoming more popular, so grab this chance to visit now, while landscapes are still exceptionally unspoiled!

Your Itinerary

You may choose from a 9, 11 or 13-Night Stay.


Day 1: UK - San José (Airport - San José 45 minutes)
Welcome to Costa Rica!
Meet our English speaking representative at the airport. Then transfer to your hotel located in downtown San José, the capital city. Receive your documentation of travel and accommodation at your hotel.

1-Night in San José.

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero (4h00 en route and 1h30 in boat)
Meet at your reception for a  transfer to the Tortuguero pier. Arrival in the city of Guápiles and breakfast in a local restaurant, before taking a boat to Tortuguero National Park, travelling on the canals, in the heart of the rainforest. 

Check into the lodge, and enjoy lunch on site. Ride a boat to the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero to visit it, before heading to the lodge. Afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the lodge and to walk around. Between July and October, you can join a night excursion to observe the nesting of green turtles, baulas or loras.

Enjoy Dinner and Overnight accommodation at the lodge.
Day 3: Tortuguero
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before heading out on a boat trip to visit the canals of Tortuguero Park: it is a different and very fun way to discover this imposing panorama. (The entrance to the national park is not included: $ 15.00 per person). Later, you will be able to visit the surroundings of the Lodge accompanied by a local guide, allowing you to discover this very humid tropical forest, its fauna and its flora. You will then journey back to the Lodge for lunch.

You have the rest of the day free to enjoy the lodge's facilities and on-site activities.

Dinner and Overnight accommodation at the lodge.

Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal (1h30 in boat et 4h00 en route)
Following breakfast at the lodge, return to Guápiles by boat, and then have lunch in a local restaurant.

The car rental agent will meet you at the restaurant to give you your rental car.

Continuation to the north of the country to reach La Fortuna, a town at the foot of the Arenal volcano.
Check in at your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Dinner and Overnight accommodation at the lodge.
Day 5: Arenal
Breakfast at the lodge. Free day to enjoy the lodge or embark on an optional excursion in the region.

At the end of the day, you will head to the thermal baths of Baldi: relax and dine in this family complex offering 25 pools of warm or temperate mineralized water, a large natural sauna and spa for jacuzzi-type use, three minibars, two gourmet restaurants, 3.5 kilometers of paths and 3.4 acres of quaint tropical gardens. Enjoy overnight accommodation at your hotel.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Arenal Volcano National Park (note: the park is closed on Mondays)
- Walk on suspension bridges
- Fortuna River Waterfall

Day 6: Arenal - Rincón de la Vieja (3h30 de route)

 Breakfast at the lodge. Continue to Guanacaste province where you'll notice a cowboy atmosphere and a radical change of scenery. The road will end on a track that joins the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.

You will then have a free afternoon to enjoy the lodge or make an optional excursion in the area.

Enjoy complimentary dinner and overnight accommodation at the hotel

Day 7: Rincón de la Vieja
Enjoy a free day, where you can explore the lodge or make an optional excursion in the area.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - walks from 2h to 4h walk depending on the level of walking to discover the dry tropical forest, its gigantic trees and mud pots (attention: park closed Mondays)
- Horseback riding
- Tubing (descent of a river on a big tire)
- Canopy (zip line)

Day 8: Rincón de la Vieja - Monteverde (4h00 en route)

After breakfast at the lodge, enjoy a free morning of leisure. Later in the day, you will head to the Monteverde Biological Reserve, in the Tilaran Range, located between the Central Valley and Guanacaste! This is one of the largest rainforest nature reserves in the country! It protects amphibians unique in the world, alongside 400 species of birds including the unique Quetzal resplendent, many species of butterfly and 2500 varieties of plants! You will then return to your hotel to check-in.

Overnight accommodation at the hotel

Day 9: Monteverde
Breakfast at the lodge. Have the day free to enjoy the lodge and make a local excursion.

Our suggestions for visits include:
- Butterfly Farm
- Canopy
- Suspension Bridges
- Horse Riding
- Santa Elena and the Monteverde Reserve

Day 10: Monteverde / San José / UK

Breakfast at the hotel.

Shared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your return home.

End of Services

Optional Beach Extension

For guests who wish to add a beach extension to their stay, making it a 11 or 13-Night trip, the itinerary will be as follows:

Days 1-9: As listed above

Day 10: Monteverde - Jaco
Breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to Jaco Beach in the Central Pacific. In the evening, return your vehicle to the beach hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Jaco

Day 11 or 11, 12 and 13: Jaco
Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the day at leisure, resting at the beach or hotel. Alternatively, spend the day exploring your surroundings.

Overnight accommodation in Jaco

Day 12 or 14: Jaco - San Jose - UK
Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a private transfer to the San Jose Airport before your return flight home.

End of Services.

Your Hotels

You may choose from Standard or Superior Hotels throughout your stay. Meals will be served as per itinerary, with our members enjoying a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis at the optional beach hotel stay in Jaco.

All Rooms Sleep Up To

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Standard Hotels

Just For You:
- Caribbean Cocktail in a Pineapple Served with One of the Dinners at the Evergreen Lodge
- Free Entry for a Self-Guided Hike in the National Park at Tortuguero
- Free WiFi at Villas Eco Arenal 3*
- Free Dessert to Share at the Don Rufino Restaurant During Dinner (applies to the purchase of lunch or dinner at Don Rufino restaurant) in the Arenal Area
- Hummingbird Garden Entry in Selvatura at Monteverde

San José : Sleep Inn 4* or Similar
Tortuguero :
Evergreen Lodge 3* or Similar 
Arenal : Villas Eco Arenal 3* or Similar
Rincón de la Vieja : Cañon de la Vieja Lodge 3* or Similar
Monteverde: Cloudforest Lodge 3* or Similar 
When opting to stay in Jaco: Crocs 4* or Similar
Superior Hotels

Just For You:
- Self-Guided Tour of Mawamba Park at Mawamba Lodge
- Free Entry for a Self-Guided Hike in the National Park at Tortuguero
- Self-Guided Visit to a Crocodile Garden, an Ant Showcase, a Butterfly House & a Belvedere with a view of the Volcano at Los Lagos Hotel
- Free Dessert to Share at Don Rufino Restaurant During Dinner (applies to the purchase of lunch or dinner at Don Rufino restaurant) in the Arenal Area
- Visit to a Serpentarium at Hacienda Guachipelin
- Hummingbird Garden Entry in Selvatura at Monteverde

San José : Park Inn 4* or Similar
Tortuguero : Mawamba Lodge 3*sup or Similar
Arenal : Los Lagos 4* or Similar
Rincón de la Vieja : Hacienda Guachipelin 3*sup or Similar
Monteverde: Montana Monteverde 3* or Similar
When opting to stay in Jaco: Crocs 4* or Similar

Please note: The bed for the 3rd/4th guest is likely to be a sofa bed / camp bed.

Please note: If the hotels above are not available you will be accommodated in ones of a similar standard.

Your Journey through Costa Rica

Flights: You may choose between Economy and Business Class Flights. The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are included in this offer as per itinerary.

Car Hire
: Car hire in an upgraded Suzuki Grand Vitara is included in this offer as per itinerary.

Our members have the opportunity to upgrade their car type, upgrade their insurance package, and add additional days of car hire at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee.

Visa Waiver Programme

If you are travelling to the USA or choose a flight option with a US layover, the US authorities have introduced a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Passengers who have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at the US port of entry. However, neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry. Please remember that issue of ESTA does not guarantee admissibility to the United States - it is only part of the travel approval process. All queries in relation to this requirement should be addressed via the US Embassy Consular department.

Please remember that if you are refused boarding or denied admission at the US port of entry, you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you.

How do I apply for ESTA?
There is an online application form which is available now at Prior to travel, you will need to visit this website and fill in the on-line application (currently in English only).

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Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

What's Included?

  • 9, 11 or 13-Nights in Standard or Superior Hotels as per itinerary
  • Rooms as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Baldi thermal water pools and dinner
  • Car hire (Suzuki Gran Vitara) from day 4 to day 10 with GPS & basic insurance
  • Rechargeable card for phone
  • Self-guided tour of Mawamba Park at Mawamba Lodge
  • Free entry for a self-guided hike in the national park at Tortuguero
  • Self-guided visit to a crocodile garden, an ant showcase, a butterfly house & a belvedere with a view of the volcano at Los Lagos Hotel
  • Free dessert to share at Don Rufino restaurant during dinner (applies to the purchase of lunch or dinner at Don Rufino restaurant) in the Arenal area
  • Visit to a serpentarium at Hacienda Guachipelin
  • Hummingbird Garden in Selvatura at Monteverde
  • Caribbean cocktail in a pineapple served with one of the dinners at Evergreen Lodge
  • Free Wi-Fi at Eco Arenal Villas
  • Airport transfers

What's Not Included?

  • Flights or other transport unless stated otherwise
  • Transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals and drinks unless stated otherwise
  • Excursions and optional extras unless stated otherwise
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Locally payable gratuities & taxes if applicable
  • Check-in luggage unless otherwise stated
  • ESTA Visa Waiver Application for connecting flights through the US

Car Hire

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.
The minimum age for driving a hire car in Costa Rica is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year.

The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver.  The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted).

The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit will be required.

Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions.

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services. Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at

Accommodation Only
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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